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Food Truck Friday
August 17, 2018 - 5:00pm to September 28, 2018 - 8:30pm
Event Information

One of the best things about the warmer weather is Food Truck Friday at the Carousel. Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, hop onboard the Carousel Express train, or enjoy a camel ride -weather permitting. Plus, admission is free!

Dates: Fridays, Now - September 28, 2018

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Food Truck Friday is produced by PVD Food Truck Events and Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village with additional support from Food Trucks In, Trinity Brewhouse, Gooseneck Vineyards, and Motif Magazine.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY SPONSORS!

PRESENTED BY:

      

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS ON SELECT FRIDAY NIGHTS:

     

 

Yoga with the Elephants
August 19, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Information

A co-hosted event with Roger Williams Park Zoo and Laughing Elephant Yoga

Spend a Sunday morning on your mat adjacent to the majestic elephants at Roger Williams Park Zoo!  Reconnect with your mind and body as waterfalls create the serene backdrop with the elephants before the Zoo opens to the public. Complimentary fresh fruit cup and bottled water. Continue your journey with a leisurely stroll through the zoo, and enjoy visiting with all the animals in a beautiful setting. 

Date: Event rescheduled to Sunday, August 19
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am (8:00 am check-in)
Cost: $35 per guest; price includes Zoo admission for one adult
What to Bring:  Must provide own yoga mat and towel, water for class.

Please note: All activities are OUTSIDE.  NO REFUNDS (in the event of bad weather the class will be rescheduled to Sunday, August 19.)   Yoga class is for All Levels, and guided by a professional instructor from Laughing Elephant Yoga.

Questions prior to registering? Contact Beth Pincince, Special Events & Promotions Manager, at bpincince@rwpzoo.org.

Brew at the Zoo
August 25, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening event, and sample more than 170 beers from 80+ local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival. A complete schedule of this years Brew at the Zoo events and a full map of brewers locations - coming soon!

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 
Time: VIP Hour 4:00 - 5:00 pm; General Admission 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Pricing:

  • Designated Driver (21+).....SOLD OUT!
  • 5 PM Adult (21+).....SOLD OUT!
  • 4 PM VIP Early Entry.....SOLD OUT!

Please note: Saturday, August 25, the Zoo opens at 9:00 am, last ticket will be sold at noon, and the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm for Brew at the Zoo. This is a 21+ event, and no person under the age of 21 will be permitted (this includes young children and infants in strollers). All attendees are required to show a valid ID. Rain or shine, tickets are non-refundable.

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
September 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Event Information

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.

Dates: First Tuesday of every month (Now - November)

  • Tuesday, September 4
  • Tuesday, October 2
  • Tuesday, November 6

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZ members

Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village
September 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Information

On the first Tuesday of each month (April - August), Carousel Village offers Sensory-Friendly Days. We invite those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village.

For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel, bounce house and playground will be open to the public, as well as train and pony rides (weather permitting).

Dates: First Tuesday of every month (April-August)

  • Tuesday, September 4
  • Tuesday, October 2

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.

Garden Installation Workshop
September 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Information

This workshop is for novice gardeners who may need help getting started with tools, site preparation, plants, planting methods, plant, care, etc. Gardeners will install a 150 sq. ft. rain garden at the Zoo.

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE with pre-registration (space is limited)

Pollinate New England is an initiative to raise awareness of the steep decline in the insects, birds, and other animals that pollinate our plants and crops, and to encourage people to use native plants in their gardens to create habitat for these critical species.

Please note: This is not a workshop for professionals and master gardeners.

Pollinator-Friendly Gardening Lecture
September 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Information

This evening lecture will feature professionals in the field. Topics will include: choosing the best plants for pollinators, and how to use and manage the plants effectively to create beautiful pollinator habitats. Participants will tour the Zoo's newly planted pollinator garden.

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE with pre-registration (space is limited)

Pollinate New England is an initiative to raise awareness of the steep decline in the insects, birds, and other animals that pollinate our plants and crops, and to encourage people to use native plants in their gardens to create habitat for these critical species.

Please note: This lecture is appropriate for master gardeners, professionals, or anyone with some gardening experience.

Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
September 8, 2018 - 9:30am to February 16, 2019 - 9:30am
Event Information

These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo, and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together.  Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals, and a walk to an exhibit. Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Class Size: 12 max. One adult must accompany each child. We cannot accommodate additional adults or siblings due to space limitations.

Pricing:

  • Members: $14 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair

Themes:

  • September 2018 - Sloths  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​*Please note: This class will be taking place in the Big Backyard
    • ​Sat 9/8, 9/15 or 9/22:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 9/11:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 9/13:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 9/14:  9:30 pm
  • October 2018 - Cheetah  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​*Please note: This class will be taking place in the Big Backyard
    • ​Sat 10/6, 10/13, or 10/20:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 10/2:  9:30 am
    • Wed 10/3:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 10/4:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 10/5:  9:30 pm
  • November 2018 - Red Panda  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 11/3, 11/10, or 11/17:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 11/7:  9:30 am
    • Wed 11/8:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 10/4:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 11/9:  9:30 pm
  • December 2018 - Snow Leopard  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 12/1, 12/8, or 12/15:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 12/4:  9:30 am
    • Wed 12/5:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 12/6:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 12/7:  9:30 pm
  • January 2019 - Monkeys  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 1/5, 1/12, or 1/19:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 1/8:  9:30 am
    • Wed 1/9:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 1/10:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 1/11:  9:30 pm
  • February 2019 - Giraffes  Click HERE to Register NOW
    • ​Sat 2/2, 2/9, or 2/16:  9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 2/5:  9:30 am
    • Wed 2/6:  9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/7:  9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 2/8:  9:30 pm

 

Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.

A minimum of five program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified one week before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment, so enroll early!

Questions? Contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

We strongly recommend you register online for your best chance at securing the session you desire. If you prefer, print out our mail-in registration form and send it to the Zoo using the instructions provided on the form.

Zoo-Cation Day Camps
September 12, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Event Information

A day off from school does not have to mean a day off from learning, exploring, and making friends! These one-day camps will engage campers in a full day of crafts, hands-on and inquiry-driven activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and a tour of the Zoo where each camper will get a chance to fee the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard.  

Theme: Rainforests of the World
Rainforests are some of our planet's most important ecosystems. Covering less than two percent of the Earth's surface, rainforests are home to more than fifty percent of the Earth's plants and animals. Journey with us into the rainforests of the world, exploring their rich biodiversity and the role rainforests play in our everyday lives.

Dates & Themes:

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Price: Members $64 / Non-Members $72
Age Goups:

  • Ages 4 & 5: Tadpole Academy (max 10 per day, full day only)
  • Ages 6 – 11: Adventures (max 30 per day, divided into smaller groups based on ages) 

Please Note: If your desired day of camp is sold out, please contact programs@rwpzoo or (401) 785-3510 ext. 358 to be added to a waitlist.

Yoga with the Elephants
September 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Information

A co-hosted event with Roger Williams Park Zoo and Laughing Elephant Yoga

Spend a Sunday morning on your mat adjacent to the majestic elephants at Roger Williams Park Zoo!  Reconnect with your mind and body as waterfalls create the serene backdrop with the elephants before the Zoo opens to the public. Complimentary fresh fruit cup and bottled water. Continue your journey with a leisurely stroll through the zoo, and enjoy visiting with all the animals in a beautiful setting. 

Date: Sunday, September 16
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am (8:00 am check-in)
Cost: $35 per guest; price includes Zoo admission for one adult
What to Bring:  Must provide own yoga mat and towel, water for class.

Please note: All activities are OUTSIDE.  NO REFUNDS (in the event of bad weather the class will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 23.)   Yoga class is for All Levels, and guided by a professional instructor from Laughing Elephant Yoga.

Questions prior to registering? Contact Beth Pincince, Special Events & Promotions Manager, at bpincince@rwpzoo.org.